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An extremely objective and insightful opinion by Mr.Hemstad.

Mark Francois.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Hemstad" <mlhemstad(--nospam--at)yahoo.com>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2001 2:24 PM
Subject: Destruction of Kurram Village, Afghanistan


> Guys, guys, (and girls)-
> Calm down.
> 
> A terrible thing happened to us.  We're taking actions
> to try stop it from happening again.  But we all
> better realize a few things:
> 
> 1)  It almost certainly will happen again, no matter
> how much we bomb Afghanistan.  The people who will do
> it to us aren't in Afghanistan.  They're here.
> 
> 2)  The people of Afghanistan didn't hurt us, and
> probably wouldn't if given the chance.  A man with a
> beard and a lot of bad friends, who currently lives in
> Afghanistan with the blessing of its "government",
> did.  Unfortunately, in the process of going after
> these groups, innocent people get hurt.  They get hurt
> at our hands.  Don't tell them they had the
> opportunity to move; where would they move to? 
> Afghanistan is a big place, and not easy to move
> across, and most of them are too poor to move anyway. 
> Don't try to defend our actions to them, because most
> of them didn't do anything wrong and now they're
> homeless or hurt or dead.  And don't try to defend it
> to their friends, as Mr. Masroor apparently is.  I'm
> proud to be an American, too, but if you think you can
> tell someone whose friends were just bombed into
> oblivion that he should just accept it, you're an
> idiot.  The kind of idiot the rest of the world thinks
> of as the stereotypical American asshole.
> 
> Where was I?  Oh, yeah.
> 3)  Terrorism isn't there for no reason.  People smart
> enough to fly big airplanes don't just kill themselves
> because some guy with a beard thought it was a good
> idea.  The Germans didn't take to exterminating
> millions of their countrymen just because some guy
> with a mustache thought it was a good idea.  They buy
> into this extremism because things are so bad, so
> without hope, that reason and decency and common sense
> don't work.  They buy into it because they are so
> angry that they they'll listen to anyone who says "the
> Americans caused this" or "the Jews caused this."  If
> you really want to solve this problem, yes, you do try
> to catch the guy with the beard.  But then, you'd
> better ask yourself why it was so easy for him to get
> everyone so angry.  That's where the real solution
> lies.
> 
> With apologies to everyone for eating up so much
> bandwidth, I'll conclude:  I don't defend for a minute
> what the terrorists did to us.  We should absolutely
> try to catch the ringleaders, and put them in prison
> to rot.  Not to throw icewater on your testosterone,
> but terrorism is only the symptom of the problem that
> we really need to solve.  Solving it may even mean
> looking at ourselves, because over the years, let's
> face it, America has pulled some pretty crappy stunts.
>  And until we figure these things out, all the bombs
> in the world aren't going to solve the problem.
> 
> Mike Hemstad
> St. Paul, Minnesota 
> 
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